by Pete McCole NASCAR announced new qualifying procedures for the Daytona 500 and new rule changes regarding points structure and green-white-checkered finishes for all three of its major tour series leading up to the season-opening events next week. The new rules laid out on Thursday comes on the heels of Tuesdayâ€™s landmark announcement of a new charter system.
On 40th anniversary of dramatic finish NASCAR is unique in the sports world for a lot of reasons, chief among them is that it holds its own Super Bowl of sorts, the Daytona 500, at the start of the season rather than at the end. Over the years, it's worked out well, with dramatic races on the iconic Daytona International Speedway setting a positive tone for the entire season. But few Daytona 500s have ended as spectacularly as the one 40 years ago this month.
by Pete McCole NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France announced the establishment of a new franchise charter system for owners competing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series beginning in this season. The new system will be offered initially to the top 36 teams competing in Sprint Cup, which will guarantee entry into every Sprint Cup race starting with the season-opening Daytona 500 on Feb. 21
NASCAR Hall of Fame Exhibit Will Launch Exciting Year in January Team Penske unveiled its plans today for the year-long celebration of its 50th Anniversary in motorsports during 2016. The team will wave the green flag on the commemorative activities by displaying an exhibit at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, NC in January. â€œCelebrating the 50th Anniversary of Team Penskeâ€ will be a multi-faceted program that will reach into retail and merchandise, media and fan engagement, sponsor partnerships and special events
by Pete McCole The NASCAR Hall of Fame inducted their seventh class of honorees on Friday, adding five more iconic racing figures to the already illustrious names already enshrined in NASCAR's glittering museum in downtown Charlotte, NC. Joining the Hall of Fame in the Class of 2016 includes two-time NASCAR champion Terry Labonte, 1970 NASCAR champion Bobby Isaac, six-time NASCAR modified champion Jerry Cook, as well as driver Curtis Turner and track owner Bruton Smith, who both helped build Charlotte Motor Speedway.
by Pete McCole The 34th annual Charlotte Motor Speedway Media Tour presented by Technocom concluded on Thursday, drawing to a close the three-day media event featuring the top teams and drivers in NASCAR as they gear up for the upcoming 2016 season-opener at Daytona just one month away. Day Three of the tour was Chevy Thursday, with Chip Ganassi Racing, Richard Childress Racing, Stewart-Haas Racing and Hendrick Motorsports representing the 39-time NASCAR Manufacturerâ€™s champion at in the final day of media events at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in downtown Charlotte, NC.
France, Siegel, O'Donnell and France-Kennedy Brian France, Max Siegel, Steve O'Donnell, and Lesa France Kennedy gave a State of The Sport address on opening day of the annual NASCAR media tour. You know, this is our first chance to talk a little bit about what happened last year with our season, look ahead to 2016, and I'll start by saying, without question, this was one of our most exciting seasons ever. Now, I usually say that because I usually mean it, but the statistics really back that up. When you see the attendance came -- most of our tracks saw nice and sometimes sizable increases, and the attention that was coming to the sport, you saw some of the best racing......
by Pete McCole The 34th annual Charlotte Motor Speedway Media Tour presented by Technocom continued on Wednesday with the second of three days of media events and appearances by NASCARâ€™s top drivers as they prepare for the upcoming 2016 race season. Day Two of the media tour was Ford Wednesday, with all of NASCARâ€™s top Ford teams meeting with the media at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in downtown Charlotte, NC.
by Pete McCole Hundreds of members of the motorsports media gathered today for the start of the 34th annual Charlotte Motor Speedway Media Tour presented by Technocom at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in downtown Charlotte, NC, as teams and drivers from the all three of NASCAR's premiere racing series met with the media to discuss the upcoming 2016 NASCAR season.
NASCAR to bring The Chase to Xfinity and Truck Series
by Pete McCole
NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France unveiled a new "Chase"-style elimination format that will be used to decide the series champion in both the NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2016. The announcements highlighted Franceâ€™s annual "State of the Sport" event held as the opening press conference of the 34th annual Charlotte Motor Speedway Media Tour presented by Technocom being held this week at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, NC.
by Mark J. Cipolloni I don't know when it's going to happen. It could be within the next 10 years. Maybe 15 years. For certain within 20 years. All the experts say that the future of automobiles is all-electric and self-driving. So what becomes of auto racing when cars are silent and driving is no longer a thing people do? Will there be any fans left to sustain the sport? Will people pay to sit in the grandstands watching a race in silence? Will people pay to watch silent race cars running around a track with no drivers in them?
Dead at 89 Of all the drivers who have taken the wheel of the Wood Brothers' Fords over the years, none were as close to the Wood family as Marvin Panch. Panch, who died Dec. 31 at the age of 89 at his home in Port Orange, Fla., drove the No. 21 from 1962 to 1966, winning eight races, including a sweep of the superspeedway races at Atlanta Motor Speedway in 1965. When Panch drove the Woodâ€™s Ford, now driven by Ryan Blaney, he was more like a member of the family than an employee of the team.
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